Fitmomma Blogger, Melanie Darnell, shared a video showing what she goes through as she tries to catch some sleep with her nine-month-old beside her – it will make you exhausted just watching it.

Beside the video Melanie writes, “Parenting doesn’t end when the sun goes down.  I want to parent at night the same way I parent during the day. You have two nighttime parenting goals (1) get sufficient rest yourself and (2) meet the nutritional and emotional needs of your child. It’s a tough balance. Realizing that the last sweet hours of restful darkness are almost over. The 4am wake-up call is especially excruciating. Still, we haul ourselves out of bed, and with bleary eyes pull our babies in close.

In those quiet, dark hours, the lack of distraction can actually quite calming and refreshing. Baby’s needs tend to be simple: to be held and fed. Mothers are experts at both of those things, and the ability to so completely meet the needs of our amazing baby is profoundly satisfying. During these moments let’s think of all of the other parents that are up with their babies at the very same middle-of-the night moment and take comfort in the thought of each of us cradling our babies in the dark of our homes, together in shared experience. Rather than feeling isolated and exhausted, we can feel connected to the other tired mothers that are also awake #momsunited.

So, to all of the tired mothers out there, breathe in and breathe out. These days are intense but short lived. Both you and baby will be sleeping more soundly before long. For now, cuddle your babies, nurse them and love them no matter what time the clock says. The baby you rock tonight someday may have the opportunity to be gazing at the stars while holding a sweet baby of her own. She will be thinking of, and appreciating, you.”

Her video has received over 5 million views, 94,000+ shares and nearly 16,000 comments.

Looks very familiar to us!  Is this how your sleep (or lack of) went last night?

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  • Babies need to learn to go back to sleep if it is still dark, we check that they are OK, including feed and nappy change as needed and put them back in their own cot/bed. There is the risk of them falling off the bed off they are moving around or you may accidentally knock them off the bed.


  • I like the positive way she brings it : lets take comfort in the thought of each of us cradling our babies in the dark of our homes, together in shared experience !


  • Oh the exhaustion babies bring. Nothing you wouldn’t do to have a happy, healthy, sleeping baby.


  • Just watching the video makes me tired. I couldn’t do that. For me kids need to sleep in their own bed! :-)


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